Climate Change has become a hot topic (pardon the pun) of conversation. Unfortunately, most people’s views about the subject are colored by where they fall on the political spectrum. Let’s take the discussion out of the political realm and get back to the basic. Here are 5 ways to learn more about Climate Change.

  1. First stop, an inspirational and hopeful TEDTalk by Katharine Hayhoe, Climate Scientist. Hayhoe explains in The most important thing you can do to fight climate change: talk about it, that “The bottom line is, we don’t have to be a liberal tree hugger to care about a changing climate. All we have to be is a human living on this planet. Because no matter where we live, climate change is already affecting us today.” It’s real and it’s impacting all of us right now.
  2. Next stop, Hot Mess, a PBS Digital Studios show about “how climate change impacts all of us, and about how we can create a better future for our planet and ourselves.” These bite sized videos are a great way to learn about Climate Change. The first episode of Season 1 walks us through the picking the best car for the planet.
  3. Then over to the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and 7 undeniable climate change facts. The article begins by reminding us all, “Climate change is real and man-made, and there is overwhelming scientific consensus that this is true.”
  4. Next, take a free edX course on Climate Change. Get an introduction to climate change with online courses from major universities and institutions worldwide. There are “both individual courses and advanced programs designed to help you learn about climate change in an engaging and effective online learning environment complete with video tutorials, quizzes and more. Climate change denial is a popular discussion in the news today, so these online courses will help you separate fact from fiction.”
  5. Last stop, The Climate Reality Project has a downloadable guide, Climate Crisis 101. This guide outlines the basics of climate change in a simple to understand way. It also provides tips on how to take action and has a list of helpful resources.